FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: 5 lessons for Indian football team

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Indian football group’s FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 project might have ended with a heavy defeat versus Ghana, however the competition where the hosts yielded 9 objectives and scored when, taught the children lots of important lessons.

FIFA- U17 world Cup 2017|Updated: Oct 13, 2017 13:47 IST

New Delhi: India’s Jeakson Thounaojam (15) scoring India’s first goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 football match against Colombia in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI10_9_2017_000234B)


The experience of playing their maiden World Cup at house is something the Indian gamers will never ever forget. There were likewise a lot of lessons from the competition. Here we take a look at 5 things that India gained from the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017:.

Lots of improvement to be made.

Maybe, the greatest takeaway from this competition was that Indian football has much reaching do prior to the nationwide group can take on the remainder of the world. Whilst the gamers weren’t doing not have in enthusiasm, their total video game simply wasn’t at the exact same level of groups like U.S.A, Ghana and Colombia.

The gamers have every right to be happy with their efficiencies, considering that they did their finest in exactly what was unquestionably a difficult group. The experience of playing versus leading worldwide sides will serve as a pointer that there is still work to be done in order to be competitive.

Jeakson Thounaojam (15) commemorates after scoring India’s objective vs Colombia. India scored only one objective in 3 group matches. (PTI).

Experience required.

That the Indian group requires more video game time is something head coach Luis Norton de Matos continuously worried on throughout his interview. Among the essential factors India do not have as much video game time under their belt is an absence of grassroots advancement for the video game, something that has to alter right away.

De Matos has actually currently mentioned that his side will play in the I-League in order to get more playing time, a procedure which he thinks will be vital to his side. Effort should be made to make sure gamers begin playing from a young age so as to match the experience level of the world’s elite.

Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem takes a selfie with his fans after the FIFA U-17 World Cup match versus Ghana in New Delhi on October 12. Every India video game saw over 45,000 fans at the Nehru arena. (PTI).

The best ways to handle pressure.

The India U-17 football group were under a various kind of pressure. Not just was this India’s first look in a FIFA competition, it was likewise occurring in India itself.

India’s children did well to deal with the pressure both on and off the field. In spite of losing 3 video games, the young boys endeared themselves to the country with their battling spirit. Even in video games where they were tactically inferior, they never ever stopped battling which is something that will serve them well in the future.

India’s head coach Luis Norton de Matos hugs Rahim Ali after losing the FIFA U-17 World Cup match versus Colombia in New Delhi on October 9. (AP).

Defensive organization.

Provided the quality and experience of groups in of India’s group, it was reasonable to anticipate coach Luis Norton de Matos enter into video games with a protective frame of mind. As he himself mentioned throughout the post-match interview after his side’s defeat to Ghana, “We cannot want to keep the ball versus a group like Ghana; their specific gamers are too great.”.

India’s capability to sit deep and safeguard as if their lives depended on it, is another lesson that will serve them well in the future. Not all video games are won through assaulting; a strong defence is just as essential and India are well on their method to mastering the art of being protective.

India’s protective method was anticipated however their failure to transform the possibilities that came their method injured them in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. (PTI).

Deal with ending up.

There’s a factor that India just scored one objective in 3 video games, and it wasn’t since they didn’t produce numerous possibilities; that’s merely a negative effects of having fun with a protective frame of mind. India’s primary issue was they didn’t transform the few possibilities they developed, especially the good ones.

India’s video game focused on safeguarding deep and after that striking their challengers on the break. Such a technique needs a group to be medical in front of objective. India had a variety of likelihoods versus both Colombia and U.S.A, however the failure to round off those opportunities ultimately returned to injure them.